Character strengths are the foundations of life-long development and thriving. These strengths help individuals to deal with everyday challenges and move forward in life with confidence and resilience. Character Strength Development: Perspectives from Positive Psychology aims to document research and evidence-based practices in positive psychology with specific focus on character strengths. The arguments and perspectives shared by the experts in their respective chapters will help create new research avenues. It is an excellent resource for researchers, academicians, practitioners and teachers to develop a comprehensive understanding of different approaches, models and best practices for character education across the globe. Practitioners, educators and policymakers in the field of character education will also find this book immensely helpful for incorporating character strength-based approaches in their practice.

Resiliency, Positive Coping and Posttraumatic Growth in Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect

Resiliency, positive coping and posttraumatic growth in survivors of child abuse and neglect
Jennifer M. Foster


In the wake of child abuse and neglect (CAN), some child victims and adult survivors demonstrate positive coping, strength and resilience (Anderson & Hiersteiner, 2008; Jenmorri, 2006; Leckman & Mayes, 2007; Sandoval, Scott, & Padilla, 2009; Tedeschi & Calhoun, 2004; Wright, Crawford, & Sebastian, 2007). Research indicates that following victimization, about half of children experience severe distress (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder); yet, approximately one-third show no signs of poor functioning or mental health problems immediately following CAN (Adler-Nevo & Manassis, 2005). In fact, some child victims seem to flourish (Leckman & Mayes, 2007). ...

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